A “complete Roman city” has been discovered near Luxor

In Egypt, the vestiges of “a complete Roman city” dating from the first centuries after Christ were discovered at Luxor, the Thebes of the pharaohs in the south.

According to the Ministry of Antiquities, it is about “a complete residential city” from the 2nd and 3rd centuries, discovered “on the east bank of the Nile, near the Temple of Luxor”, about 500 km south of Cairo, according to AFP.

In this “extension of ancient Thebes”, “metallurgical workshops” with many tools and “Roman coins made of copper and bronze” have already been unearthed, explains Mostafa Waziri, the highest official of the Supreme Council of Antiquities. And the excavations continue.

Already in 2021, an Egyptian archaeological mission had discovered “Egypt’s largest ancient city”, dating back more than 3,000 years, on the west bank of Luxor, where the famous valleys of the kings and queens are located.

Egypt has revealed several major discoveries in recent months, mainly in the necropolis of Saqqara, south of Cairo, but also, in January, in Luxor, that of a tomb of a royal wife from the 18th dynasty, the of Akhenaton and Tutankhamun, dating back 3,500 years.

For some experts, these announcements have a political and economic significance more than a scientific one.

Because the country of 104 million inhabitants in a serious economic crisis relies on tourism to recover its finances, the Government targets 30 million tourists per year until 2028, compared to 13 million before Covid-19.

To revitalize this sector, in decline since the Arab Spring of 2011, in which two million people work and which generates more than 10% of GDP, Cairo has been promising for several months the imminent opening of the “Great Egyptian Museum”, close to the Giza Plateau .

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